Dr. Thombs completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Fordham University in 2004 and then a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University before coming to McGill in 2006, where he is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of McGill University and a Senior Investigator at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research of the Jewish General Hospital. His research focuses on identifying and assessing key problems faced by patients dealing with medical illness and on determining mental health and behavioral intervention paradigms that are likely to improve patients' health and well-being. In addition, he studies how research methods may affect the applicability of research to clinical settings. Dr. Thombs has published almost 150 articles, including more than 95 peer-reviewed articles, in the last 5 years; has served as a peer reviewer for more than 40 medical journals; and has editorial positions with 4 journals. Dr. Thombs is the principal investigator or a co-investigator on several grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé Québec (FRSQ), the US National Institute of Health (NIH), as well as on grants from private foundations. The success of his research program has been recognized with a New Investigator Award from the CIHR, an American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation Health Professional Investigator Award, the Canadian Psychological Association President’s New Researcher Award, the Canadian Psychological Association Health Psychology Section Early Career Award, and the 2010 Jewish General Hospital Award for Excellence in Psychosocial or Clinical Research. In addition, a systematic review that he authored on depression screening in cardiovascular care was a finalist for the 2009 BMJ Group Research Paper of the Year Award. The work of Dr. Thombs and his team has been covered in the Globe and Mail, Montreal Gazette, Le Devoir, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, numerous other Canadian and international newspapers, and in broadcast news reports, including the CBC’s World at Six.
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